Are you building a new home? Or maybe your existing home just needs a new roof? Whatever the case may be, it is important that you take your time deciding the type of material that you will put on the roof, as this is what protects you from the various elements and insulates your home from the heat in the summer and the cold in the winter.

Two of the most popular roofing materials amongst homeowners are asphalt shingles and metal roofing. Asphalt shingles come in the traditional organic variety or fiberglass. The difference is how they are made. The organic shingles are designed with a heavy felt layer beneath the asphalt, while the fiberglass shingles are designed with a fiberglass core beneath the asphalt. Metal roofing comes in a variety of metals, including aluminum, steel, zinc, copper and stainless steel.

They all look different and can serve different purposes, but which one is better? Which one is more durable? Here is a look at the pros and cons of each style of roofing so that you can make a well-informed decision.

Asphalt Shingles Pros

  • Inexpensive materials, installation
  • Easy, quick install
  • Less expensive repair
  • Can be fire-resistant
  • Can be recycled
  • May be eligible for tax credits

Asphalt Shingles Cons

  • Material is heavier
  • Old roof may need to be removed prior to installation
  • Vulnerable to hail and wind damage
  • Susceptible to mold, mildew and algae
  • Absorbs heat from the sun

Metal Roofing Pros

  • Lightweight material
  • Minimal maintenance
  • More energy-efficient
  • Can last 60+ years
  • Fire-resistant
  • 100 percent recyclable
  • Eligible for insurance discounts, tax credits

Metal Roofing Cons

  • Expensive materials, installation
  • Difficult to install, repair
  • Can be noisy if installed improperly
  • Reflects heat from the sun

If you need help making your decision, don’t hesitate to contact us. We are happy to provide you with more detailed information and assist you in making a secure decision about the roof of your home.